Mon09012014

Business & Real Estate

Local realtor honored for volunteer efforts


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Coldwell Banker recently recognized realtor Kim Copher, right, for her philanthropic efforts. Copher and colleague Alan Russell, left, volunteer at Reach Potential Movement, where they collect books for its Bookshelf in Every Home project.

Coldwell Banker Residential Mortgage highlighted Los Altos realtor Kim Copher’s community volunteer efforts at its 2014 GenBlue Silicon Valley conference, held April 1 in San Jose.

Copher’s colleagues recognized her for philanthropic endeavors past and present, including the donation of cosmetics and toiletries to local domestic-violence shelters and mentoring Los Altos High School students through the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ Youth Leadership Award program. In addition, conference participants lauded Copher for her work with the Mountain View Police Department delivering Thanksgiving dinners to low-income families, among many other efforts.

“Kim’s volunteer work touches so many organizations and so many very needy individuals,” said Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage President Mike James. “She has worked to raise money and awareness for everything from Alzheimer’s research and the American Cancer Society to Habitat for Humanity.”

Reached by the Town Crier, Copher said she was pleasantly surprised by the recognition, noting that she began her volunteer work during her early days as a realtor to better connect with her community.

“It was definitely humbling,” said Copher, who was quick to note that several other local agents in her office donate their time to charitable causes as well. “I enjoy being a voice to get people engaged (in volunteering).”

She credited colleague Alan Russell of Princeton Capital for providing the encouragement that helps fuel her ongoing volunteer efforts. Every month, the philanthropic friends volunteer at Mountain View’s Community Services Agency, sorting food donations in its Food & Nutrition Center.

Copher and Russell are currently collecting books for Reach Potential Movement’s Bookshelf in Every Home project, which benefits local underserved children. Copher and Russell, who serve as mentors for the Sunnyvale-based education agency, will also lead a group of teens on local college tours later this year.

Copher said that while her efforts help others, her work also gives her a sense of personal gratification.

She added that her colleagues at Coldwell Banker and her fellow Rotarians continue to provide ongoing inspiration as well.

“You get to see firsthand how you’re helping people, which is great,” said Copher, who is planning to participate in the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors’ annual Realtor Service Volunteer Program, scheduled May 5-9, which assists local seniors with household tasks. “It’s about that direct connection.”

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